Why this VC who sold his last company for $3 billion asks this unusual interview question: “What did you learn from your mom?” “Basically I’m testing them to see, ‘How human are you ready to be with me?’ – Bamboo Innovator Daily: 18 Oct (Sun)


  • Why this VC who sold his last company for $3 billion asks this unusual interview question: “What did you learn from your mom?” “Basically I’m testing them to see, ‘How human are you ready to be with me?’”: BI
  • Lars Dalgaard: Build Trust by Daring to Show That You’re Human: NYT
  • ‘What quality do you look for in a spouse? Do you look for beauty? Do you look for brains? Do you look for character? Do you look for honesty? Do you look for humor?’ No, no no,” added Buffett. “You want to marry the last-look for someone with low expectations”: Fortune
  • Why this CEO thinks a 6-figure salary isn’t always worth your time; If you only look at financial compensation, you might miss out on doing something you truly love: Fortune
  • Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work: NYT
  • Office Shows the Person: The assumption of authority brings out the leader’s inner world. It reveals whether the leader has undergone a process of honest self-discovery that allows for the productive application of power. Forbes
  • Girl, 3, takes care of bedridden mother in hospital: AsiaOne
  • Worry less, live more: Star
  • Why What You Learned in Preschool Is Crucial at Work: NYT


  • Word Hero: A Fiendishly Clever Guide to Crafting the Lines that Get Laughs, Go Viral, and Live Forever : Amazon
  • Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything : Amazon
  • Power Pricing: How Managing Price Transforms the Bottom Line : amazon
  • Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share: A Guide to Greater Profits in Highly Contested Markets: Amazon
  • Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety: Amazon


Japan & Korea

  • Localization: Has Japan lost the plot? Japan once ruled and defined the global gaming industry: JT


  • Risk factors that could trigger a transfer-pricing audit; Thailand will no longer have mere transfer-pricing guidelines, but will instead put into effect a transfer-pricing law : NM
  • Mini-marts boom as Vietnam’s shoppers shift spending patterns: Reuters


  • Be Very Afraid: “The 3 EM Debacles” Loom, HSBC Warns: zh
  • Unnerved Investors Pull Shutters as Capital-Market Cracks Spread: Bloomberg
  • Challenging Private Equity Fees Tucked in Footnotes; California’s treasurer wants the $3.9 trillion industry to be clearer about what it charges investors, and some expect other states to follow. NYT
  • Collateral damage: How bank funding may be squeezed in the next crisis: Economist



  • Is Uber The Root Of All Evil?: Techcrunch
  • For First Data, the way to investors’ hearts is through their stomachs; As part of its turnaround, First Data is banking on selling new credit card terminals packed with small-business apps-and restaurant owners are among its biggest markets: Fortune

Consumer & Others

  • How Levi’s plans to survive the denim apocalypse; Two decades ago, Levi’s was bigger than Nike, with revenue exceeding $7 billion. Sales have since sagged to $4.8 billion, while Nike is at closer to $30 billion: BI
  • Beer titans opt to merge as trend for smaller craft brews comes to a head: Guardian

About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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